solidsol‧id1 /ˈsɒlɪd $ ˈsɑː-/ ●●●S3W3 adjective1firm/hardHARD hard or firm, with a fixed shape, and not a liquid or gasThe lake was frozen solid.It was good to be back on solid ground again.Is the baby eating solid food (=bread, meat etc) yet?The ship’s sonar can detect the presence of solid objects in the water.► see thesaurus at hard2only one materialPURE consisting completely of one type of materialsolid gold/silver etca solid gold cupsolid wood/pine/oak etca chest made of solid oak3not hollowTOGETHER having no holes or spaces insideOPP hollowa solid rubber balla shrine carved out of solid rock4without spacescontinuous, without any spaces or breaksIt’s not safe to pass when the lines in the middle of the road are solid.5strongly madeSTRONG OBJECT strong and well madeOPP flimsya solid piece of furnitureThe frame is as solid as a rock (=extremely solid).6good and long-lastingGOOD/EXCELLENT a solidachievement or solid work is of real, practical, and continuing valuefive years of solid achievementThe first two years provide a solid foundation in the basics of computing.7dependable someone or something that is solid can be depended on or trustedSYN sounda solid reputationThe prosecution in this case has no solid evidence.You can rely on Wylie for good solid advice.a solid Labour stronghold (=where people always vote for this party)8continuing without interruption informalCONTINUOUS used to emphasize that something continues for a long time without any pausesThe lecture lasted two solid hours.five hours/two weeks etc solidOn Saturday I went to bed and slept fourteen hours solid.9 →packed solid10 →on solid ground11good British English informal good12difficult British English informal very difficultI couldn’t do any of the maths last night – it was solid.13shape technicalHM having length, width, and heightSYN three-dimensionalA sphere is a solid figure.14 →be solid —solidly adverbsolidly built —solidness noun [uncountable]
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solid• He rapped his knuckles against the body of the sinkunit. It was as solid as a rock.• During winter the lake became a solidblock of ice.• The figure was carved out of a solid block of wood.• a solidchocolatebunny• Solidcolors would be more flattering than stripes.• She had it dribble with solid drops of wine.• The table seemed solid enough, so I climbed up onto it.• Is the baby eating solid foods yet?• a solidgoldnecklace• a solid green background• For centuries people have scoured the solid ground in search of the causes of these catastrophic events.• Similarly, when Doleasserts that Clinton reduced the office of drug czar by 83 percent, he is on solid ground.• I was so seasick that it was a relief to be back on solid ground.• After eight solid hours of driving, I was exhausted.• Nobody really wants to sit through four solid hours of someone else's weddingvideo.• rows of solid little houses built of local stone• The antiques dealer guessed that the furniture was Victorian and solidmahogany.• Already they've scaled up their fluid star-burst psychedelia into something that sounds more suited to outdoorfestivals than stuffedsolid mini-venues.• Wegman's writing combinessolid reporting with a sense of humor.• a company with a solidreputation• We have reached a level at which you see a solid round of profit-taking.• However, because of the two dithiadiazole functionalities at either end of the molecule, the solid state structure is polymeric rather than dimeric.• The door was made of solidsteel.• The doors of the church seemed less solid than the doors of his father's house.• The marchers were met by a solid wall of police officers.• This is solid work, the main essay in particular.solid objects• And why are their legs so easily detached by seemingly light collisions with solid objects?• It is suggested that the bat hears echoes of its own squeaksrebounding from solid objects.• Like a laserbeam, he could pass through solid objects.• The system would treat both images as solid objects.• In fact, vibrations travel through solid objects at fixed speeds, just as sound travels through air at a fixed speed.• The creation of apparently real, solid objects by means of detailed mathematicalmodelling.• The signalsreflected back from solid objects like these skulls form an image which can be enhanced by a computer.• Sound waves travel more easily through solid objects than through the air.solid wood/pine/oak etc• The earliest glazing bars were quite thick, as they were hand cut from solid wood.• The village will be made of solid oak and then exported, flat-pack style, to Tokyo.• Occasionally, some one would use butcher block, solid wood, copper, stainless steel, marble or some other exotic surface.• She flung open the solid pine door, standing aside for Jane and Robert to enter.• His cell was eight by fifteen with a solid oak door supported by steel bands.• Passing discreetly through the solid wood of the garage door he slid right into the skulking Omally.• The gracefulbrassplated trimmings and finials are complemented here by the solid pine Osborne surround.• A solid woodstem and mahogany floors and stiffeners complete the basicconstruction which has been particularly cleanly executed by WestCustom.solid as a rock• It was as solid as rock.• The door was solid as rock.• Skipper Alan Kernaghan again led by example, with Nicky Mohan solid as a rock alongside him.• It was simply not admissible that something as blatantly solid as a rock could have come from the heavens.solid foundation• Local autonomy thus rested upon a solid foundation.• Much like any brick or block wall, an interlocking block wall needs a solid foundation.• Such a person lived and, in a sense floated on the air, without a solid foundation.• City: Property without solid foundations Bricks and mortar were once thought to be be as good as money in the bank.• Decayed, warped and neglected, it stood proudly on its solid foundations, displaying a still sturdy brick frame.• We have a solid foundation for a globalPC business.• They had a solid foundation in reading, writing, math, and other core skills.• At the end of the first week you will have a solid foundation on which to build in future weeks.• They dugsolid foundations, spending a lot of time pouringconcrete into four pits.solid evidence• And then, the prior's reluctant to make any accusations against Isambard but on good, solid evidence.• So much solid evidence and no research carried out whatever.• There is little solid evidence, as yet, to answer such a question with confidence.• The investigators could not find any solid evidence of a crime.• In fact, we have little solid evidence of the effects of earlier waves of unemployment on old people.• She didn't trust him, but without solid evidence she had no way of proving he was double-dealing.
solidsolid2 ●○○ noun1[countable]HCTHING a firm object or substance that has a fixed shape, not a gas or liquidthe properties of liquids and solids2 →solids3[countable] technical the part of a liquid which has the qualities of a solid when it is separated from the solvent (=watery part)4[countable] technicalHMCF a shape which has length, width, and height, such as a sphere or cylinder → plane
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solid• Water changes from a liquid to a solid when it freezes.• Notice that the magnitudes of the values for solids are much greater than those for gases.• The conducting properties of solidsvary widely.• Whether you prefersolids or stripes, poloshirts are big for school this fall.• These solids are said to be amorphous.• However, unlikesolids, the attractive forces are not sufficient to hold the particles together in a regular structure.Originsolid1(1300-1400)Old Frenchsolide, from Latinsolidus